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Mar 5, 2009 02:15 PM

French Quarter - Avenue Road

Has anyone been here? I went with a friend to check it out.
The coffee was good and the croissant was amazing. Flaky, rich, and all that good stuff. LOL.
There is a nice selection of "french bistro" food..but something tells me we will continue to go there for coffee and pastries.
I hope they do well in the neighborhood.

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  1. Is this place new? I've never noticed before, but saw the reference on the Patisserie Sebastien thread.

    1. Just had a chocolate croissant - was excellent! Quite flaky (almost too much so), but better than almost any place I've had one in Toronto. Wasn't cheap -was about $4.80 (including tax) for 2 chocolate croissants. They had some other things that looked yummy - a small baguette studded with chocolate chips, quiches, and what looked like home made pate.

      All in all, a welcome addition to what tends to be a mediocre chow street. (except the Montreal Bagel house -best bagels, and best cheese bagels this side of Montreal)

      1. I was really looking forward to the opening of French Quarter as soon as the awning went up. I have been there several times since their opening to buy their fresh croissants and baguettes. I used to think Celestine`s had the best croissants in the city, I think French Quarter is as good or even better! Their Almond Croissants are to die for, their chocolate croissants are excellent. I would have really liked if they had their own pastries and desserts, however, French Quarter is a very welcomed new bakery on Avenue Road. In search of these pastries and desserts I stopped in at the new Sesbastians Pattiserri on Yonge & Fairlawn, they were totally cleaned out, not a crumb left in the joint. Must be a good sign.

        1. Stopped in for a light lunch today. I can't believe I never noticed this place before, so thanks to the 'hounds for bringing to to my attention! Note that it's more of a boulangerie than a pure patisserie, which actually makes it more interesting to me. Had a ham and cheese quiche, a glass of freshly squeeze OJ and a simple, lovely cinnamon pastry. The quiche was incredibly tender and flavourful, on a good crust. It was barely underbaked in a good way -- made for a really tender filling. I enjoyed my cinnamon pastry -- buttery and not too sweet with just a light hint of cinnamon. DH said the coffee was very good, btw. The croissants look beautifully crisp, though we didn't try one this time.

          There was a large pan of beef bourguignon on the counter that had such a heavenly smell of wine that we ordered a container to take home for dinner. I'll report back on that after dinner. We chatted with the chef as we were paying and he said that he reduced 6 bottles of wine for the dish. Yum.

          I should note that I am slightly (but pleasantly) horrified to see that they have freshly baked loaves of white chocolate bread. If anyone has ever been to a Club Med, you will know of which I speak. It is the single most addictive form of bread I've ever eaten. I'm scared to buy one because I can easily eat an entire loaf in one sitting. So I'm holding off for now -- shorts and tank top weather approaches!

          All in all, this is a very, very nice spot. All sorts of yummy homemade goodies, including pork and duck pates, lentil salads, roasted veggies and I saw some preserved lemons and limes near the olives towards the back of the shop. They also had crepes filled with scrambled eggs and some croque monsieurs prepped and ready to be toasted. They told us that they usually have more crepe selections, both sweet and savoury.

          They've been open for 4 months and they are owned by the same people who own Provence Delices in Cabbagetown, which would explain the quality. The chef said the kitchen at French Quarter is rather small, so he does some of the work in the Cabbagetown kitchen. If you live in the area, I highly recommend a visit. Let's keep this place going so we can reduce of visits south of Eglinton for quality breads and pastries.

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          1. re: TorontoJo

            OK, so had the beef bourguignon for dinner. Served with some brown rice and roasted asparagus -- it was really delicious. The big chunks of beef were fork tender and the sauce was rich and flavourful. Great rendition of home cooked comfort food. It wasn't cheap -- $22 for the medium container -- but it made for 3 healthy servings, so for the quality, I was happy.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              They have the white chocolate Club Med bread???? Really. Oh that is very good and bad news. That stuff was the only food I really enjoyed at CM---and I enjoyed it WAY too much. When it was warm and fresh... oh my. I must now go there...

              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                I know, it's good and bad all rolled into one carb-loaded dilemma. If you do try it, please report back on the authenticity. When I was chatting with the chef, we were specifically talking about the club med recipe (and how I usually snag a whole loaf to eat on the plane), so I'm guessing it's the real thing.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  I've only been to CM once and it was quite a few years ago but that bread.. very memorable. I'll definitely let you know.

                  1. re: TorontoJo

                    TorontoJo, I bought some of the bread today and I have three words for you: Not enough chocolate! Yes, the baguette is very good (and I'm not really a baguette type bread person so that's saying something). But when you eat this stuff, every bite should have chocolate and this bread is too sparse on white stuff. Also, it's very narrow in places (irregular loafs) so there's too much crust when the majority of the taste experience should be soft white bread and soft, gooey white chocolate. The ingredients are good--but the ratios are way off. I doubt I'd buy it again (unless you go there and tell me they've upped their chocolate ratio!).

                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                      Thanks for the report! It will make it easier for me to resist buying several loaves. It does make me want to try their baguettes though.

                      1. re: TorontoJo

                        I was kind of relieved and disappointed at the same time. I'm sure you understand!

                      2. re: Ediblethoughts

                        Not quite the same, but you might want to try the chocolate chip challah at What A Bagel on Eglinton east of Allen Rd. Only on Fridays, of course. And chocolate in every bite!

                        1. re: Tatai

                          It's actually a Bhabka, not challah.

                          1. re: millygirl

                            Nope. It's actually a traditional braided challah, studded with chocolate chips. Only available on Fridays. Yes, they have a chocolate babka, too.

                            1. re: Tatai

                              Are the chocolate chips soft and gooey? (I'm not usually into chocolate chip muffins and such---the chips are too hard.)

                                1. re: Tatai

                                  OK then--next time I'm around there!

                              1. re: Tatai

                                Hey, Tatai. I asked about chocolate chip challah today and they said they didn't make that--just raisin hallah. (This is the location at Yonge and Eglinton-----right?)

                                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                  No. The only location that seems to make it is on Eglinton between Bathurst and Allen Rd., on the south side of the street. I bought one last Friday, as a matter of fact. Only half of it made it home...

                  2. This place sounds great. Where on Avenue Road?

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                    1. re: peppermint pate

                      On Avenue, between Haddington and Felbrigg. A block or so south of Bruno's on the East side.

                      French Quarter
                      1967 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA